Head Teacher's Blog

Please keep an eye on the blog page and read the entries below to learn about what has been happening in school. 

Mrs Whales

18th May

My, oh my, thank you for making such a special effort today. Your children look fabulous as guests of the royal couple! Thank you also for your generosity, your gifts of bottles and sweets have been much appreciated.

Well done to all of our Year 6 children who sat their SATS this week. They behaved in a mature and responsible manner and we are really proud of them all.

Next week is ‘walk to school’ week. We really hope that all of our children get to walk or scoot to school. This may only be from the village hall or The Two Brewers but every step helps. The children will be earning footprint stickers for their class. At the end of the week, the class with the most stickers will enjoy extra playtime.

Enjoy a royal weekend.

11th May

We hope that you have enjoyed the sunny week. We have!

Earlier this week, we emailed you with information regarding nominations for the ‘Best School’ run by Welwyn and Hatfield Times. It would be wonderful if you could spare a moment to complete the nomination form. We would love you to share information about the wonderful partnerships that we have with you and be recognised for the excellent provision that your children enjoy every day!

Let’s see, if together, we can win!

Welwyn and Hatfield Times will also be taking photos of school celebrations for their royal wedding issue. We look forward to seeing those ‘special guest’ outfits next Friday.

Finally, next week is SATs week for Year 6 children. We look forward to seeing them use the 6Rs throughout the week. Good luck!

4th May

I have received some lovely work from children across the school based on their RE work on Saints. This work will be exhibited in church at the end of the half term; I do hope that you will be able to find the time to come and look.

In this busy ‘test’ focussed time of year, we need to take a moment to remember the ‘other’ talents that children may have and celebrate them. We are not all academics!

In school we encourage the children to be the best that they can be. This also means that we expect them to be the best behaved that they can be too; in other words, to know how to behave and to respond with respect and responsibility. Most children do this brilliantly. We have high expectations of good behaviour here at Northaw and we really appreciate the support that we get from parents and carers in helping us to achieve these high standards. Thank you.

Enjoy the long weekend. Let’s hope that it stays sunny! Willow Class have just arrived back from their class trip to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple. I am told their behaviour was impeccable. Well done Willow pupils – we’re very proud of you.

27th April

This week I enjoyed the privilege of inspecting another church school in the St Albans’s Diocese. The school was a little bigger than ours but nevertheless, understood the need for upholding those Christian values which we advocate in every working moment of our time in school. I am always so proud of our children, when they spontaneously offer kind words or volunteer to help. An example of this is a small group of children who have recently volunteered to be our Tidy Team; they pick up litter, they tidy the cloakrooms and they do this without any reward other than being proud of their effort.

On Wednesday, Governors appreciated the training that has enabled them to focus on getting ready for Ofsted. I can’t believe that the time has come around again! The results of the questionnaire that you kindly completed during parents’ evenings are now on our website but it would be helpful if you could complete this online. Many thanks!

Our skipping competition is well on its way! If your child has been practicing skipping at home please send in a photo to school, we would love to display their picture on our P.E board.

20th April

I hope that you enjoyed a restful Easter break.

This term our Christian value is Friendship. This half term’s family challenge is to make a friendship label for someone who you would not normally call your friend. Observe the reaction when someone receives this token of kindness! Let us know how it goes.

Today we shared our attendance data with our Area Attendance Officer. Whilst the vast majority of our children attend school regularly and on time, there are still a few children whose attendance is well below the acceptable levels. Whilst we understand that illness cannot be avoided, please be aware that loss of learning time has a detrimental effect on children’s achievements.

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Rachel McHattie will be leaving our school after 14 years’ service to Ponsbourne St Mary’s and Northaw CE Primary Schools. We wish her much happiness in her new role at St Columba’s School, where her children attend. No more racing across Hertfordshire during the rush hour!

28th March 2018

The spring term has flown by and we are looking forward to the summer weather and longer days. The children have worked really hard this term and recent assessments show the good progress that they have made, some of them quite substantial. This is not only due to the brilliant teaching but also for many children a change in mind-set. We truly admire children who ‘have a go’ and who are not afraid to get things wrong as a part of their learning. Resilience is one of our 6Rs and we continue to ask our children to use this in work and play.

Well done Oak class, who enjoyed a very successful visit to RAF Hendon as part of their topic on World War 2. We were able to cut the cost of this trip by collaborating with Bayford and Ponsbourne schools. We have received notification of funding for 2018-2019 and things are looking very tight. We ask you please to settle all debts so that we can set a budget that will benefit your children. Cuts in classroom support may be necessary if we have to pay for swimming, trips and clubs out of this money. If you have any genuine difficulties with payments, please speak with me privately.

We have received phone calls about inconsiderate parking from our neighbours yet again. This is very upsetting and embarrassing for us. Unless you are dropping off at Breakfast Club before 8.15am, please do not park opposite the zig-zag lines or in the school car parks. Spaces are available at The Two Brewers and the village hall; it doesn’t take more than 5-10minutes to walk around to school. Please allow yourself enough time to avoid any accidents.

Finally, on a happier note, I wish you all a restful Easter. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in school, at the swimming pool and on school trips this term. We are very grateful for your time. If you would like to volunteer to help in school, please talk to me early next term.

23rd March 2018

Our Reception and Apples and Pears children enjoyed a fabulous sunny visit to Whipsnade Zoo on Wednesday. The children behaved impeccably and were a credit to the school. Thank you to the parents who were contacted at the last minute to help out due to staff sickness. We appreciate your very quick response and your time.

Please remember to support our "Tesco Bags of help" campaign which

is currently running in: POTTERS BAR Superstore, POTTERS BAR Mutton Lane Express, CUFFLEY EXPRESS and HAMMOND ST CHESHUNT Express

Every time you shop please collect your tokens and deposit them in our slot in store. We hope to collect the most so ask all your family and friends too!

I would like to invite you to our end of term Easter Service in church on Monday morning. Please come and share the celebration, 8.45am as usual.

On Monday afternoon there will be a funeral in church which may mean extra cars in Vineyards Road at home time, so please allow plenty of time to park responsibly and respectfully.

Wishing you all a lovely Easter break.

16th March 2018

We have been enjoying a rich and diverse curriculum this week. The choir made us proud at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday evening. Thank you for all the positive emails from parents and carers who genuinely enjoyed the show! On Thursday, children in Year 5 from Ponsbourne school, joined our Year 5 children for a Robotics workshop led by our colleagues from Setpoint. The leaders commented on the positive relationships, collaborative working practices and children’s understanding of coding. Well done children and Mrs Taylor.

Today our pianists and singers performed to an audience of parents and carers. We would like to say thank you to Hannah and well done children.

Our Christian value for this half term is forgiveness. Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18). We have been trying to teach the children the value of forgiveness through our Teaspoon Prayers and the British value of tolerance. Perhaps in the busyness of life, we sometimes need to take time to reflect rather than react.

9th March 2018

It’s good to have a "normal" week at school after that surprise spell of arctic weather. We apologise that the ice and snow meant things have had to be re-scheduled and thank you for your patience and understanding. Our Reception and Apples and Pears class will now visit Whipsnade Zoo on Wednesday 21st March when hopefully they can enjoy a warm spring day!

Our Choir will be singing at the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday in the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala. I have heard them practising and I am sure they will be great ambassadors for our school.

Today we have enjoyed our World Book Day. Thank you to Mrs Howell, Mrs Stratton- Stubbs and all the staff who planned such an enjoyable day. There were some splendid costumes! 

Thank you as well, to the PTA for hosting our Mother’s Day afternoon tea, and thank you for the lovely donations of cakes.

23rd February 2018

I am really pleased to share with you two sets of attendance figures; one for last half term and one for the first half of this academic year. For most classes this is a tremendous improvement. Well done! Sometimes it is the absence of only one or two children that skew the data. This is why it is important for your child to attend regularly and on time.

Thank you also for coming along to our parents’ evenings. These are good opportunities to discuss your child’s achievements as well discussing ways that we can work together to make further improvements in the second half of the year. I would like to say a special thank you to all of you who completed our questionnaire. The results of this will be shared with you soon. It would be really fantastic if you could also do this online: http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

The Year 1 children performed their Minions Dance at Hertford Theatre this week. They were the youngest of all the performers and they were brilliant!

We are looking forward to an exciting week, next week, when Acorns and Apples and Pears will be off to Whipsnade Zoo and all the school will enjoy a creative World Book Day.

I can’t wait!

9th February 2018

We have enjoyed an exciting ‘Staying Safe’ week with presentations from the NSPCC and Network Rail. The children have also taken part in bespoke e-safety lessons with a view to keeping safe when online.

Thank you to parents and carers who came along to the E-Safety Parents’ Evening; Mrs Taylor appreciated all of your positive comments.

‘Following last year’s evening, this was a good update.’

‘I am now aware of how to restrict inappropriate content and it doesn’t feel as daunting.’

Your children’s reports have been sent home today. We hope that you find our comments and requests for support helpful. Please complete the back page and send this into school by the end of February or better still, bring them with you to the parents’ evening after half term.

Also, on the report, is your children’s attendance. Data is taken from the start of the school year. If your child’s attendance is over 96%, this is brilliant! If your child’s attendance is between 90% and 96%, we are monitoring it very closely. Attendance below 90% is regarded as Persistent Absence, and is monitored by the Local Authority Attendance Officers. If attendance is not improving, we will ask you to come into school to see how we can help.

We hope that your children enjoy the Great Northern rail competition. 1st prize-£30 voucher, 2nd prize-£10 voucher, 3rd prize-books and pens. Entries due in on Wednesday 21st February, entries will be displayed at Cuffley Station.

Have a lovely half term.

2nd February 2018

Following on from last week’s newsletter, I invite you to read this quote by Martin Luther King:

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’

In school, we have been asking children to identify their strengths and be proud of them. In times of booster classes, tests, assessments and pressure, it is good to find some strengths and celebrate them. Days at school are jam packed with "busyness", ask your children what they did well today and let us know what they said!

26th January 2018

I have noticed that news headlines this week have been particularly grim. Perhaps sometimes we need to reflect on what is good in our world and how we can make it better.

Having the courage to do what is right has been a real ‘values’ focus for our worship this term and we have reiterated this on a weekly basis. Have a look at this clip that was shown to the children in worship this week.


Teachers are busy making the final touches to your children’s reports. As they are distributed half way through the school year, we have mentioned areas that your children might focus on in the forthcoming months. We have also mentioned reasons for celebration; let us not lose sight of what is good!

19th January 2018

I am so proud of our Oak children who enjoyed a fabulous, informative visit to the Houses of Parliament on Monday. We were pleased to meet up with our MP Charles Walker, who gave us an insight into the workings of parliament and his personal perspectives about his role as our MP. Thank you to Oak class for their excellent behaviour and interesting questions.

Following a PTA meeting today, I would like to say a big thank you to parents and carers who supported our fundraising events in 2017. The PTA has kindly donated £6,000 to the school for an interactive board in Oak class and to update resources in the Early Years. Our project for 2018 will be supplementing our Sports Premium funding. We would like to install a running/walking track, which can be used in all weather. As we move into the warmer weather in the summer term, we hope to introduce The Daily Mile so that our children improve their fitness. Look out for more information on this later this term.

Dates to keep free:

Your children’s reports are due out on Friday 9th February. Opportunities to discuss these and your children’s targets for progress can be discussed during Parents’ Evenings which are on Wednesday 21st February, 3.30-6.00pm and Thursday 22nd February, 4.30-7.00pm. Signing in sheets will be available during the week before half term.

PTA Quiz Night at Old Owens Sports ground will be on Friday 23rd February, doors open at 7.00pm, quiz starts at 8.00pm. Tickets will cost £8.00 each (nibbles included!) Can you make up a table of 8?

And finally...the PTA representatives are looking for raffle prizes to use during this event. Please support.

12th January 2018

I am pleased to inform you that our Looking at Learning leaflets will be sent out with your children today or on Monday. These give you information about what your children will be learning in class and how we would like your support.

Rehearsals for the Royal Albert Hall concert have started; I am amazed at the children’s enthusiasm and the effort that your children put into singing and that’s not just the choir!

Signing club also started today; we are pleased with the increasing number of children who want to learn this valuable skill.

Booster classes for Years 5 and 6 have also started this week. These sessions are delivered by teachers, who give up their time to accelerate your children’s learning. I am sorry if it means that you have to pay to bring the younger siblings to breakfast club. In order for us to meet correct staff-pupil ratios, it means that we have to pay the right number of staff to attend. We are lucky that they are able to do this at the start of their day. Unfortunately, we do not have a solution but if you have any ideas, we are happy to listen.

5th January 2018

We hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break. Thank you again, on behalf of my staff, for your generosity to all.

We are looking forward to another busy term of learning and we would like your continued support with home learning. ‘Looking at Learning’ leaflets for each class will be coming out to you next week. Whilst this is a short half term, it is packed with exciting learning for all of us. An e-safety evening is planned for 7th February at 7.00pm. We will be asking some of the children to help us deliver some important messages so please book the date in your diary.

We are continuing to encourage our children to grow their brains by using the 6Rs. Ask your children about them!

We are really lucky at Northaw. We have a richly diverse community; children come from many different backgrounds. Many come to us with special educational needs and difficulties; for these children we are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ according to the SEND Code of Practice and they may therefore be treated differently so that they can access learning. Our school is good at adjusting to the needs of the children and in general, most children come to school happy. Please help us by enabling strong friendships within our caring Christian community by being tolerant of others.

15th December 2017

We have enjoyed yet another week full of festivities and celebration. Thank you to all of you who have supported our choir, our PTA event and the many performances across the school. Thank you also for being patient with us during the adverse weather conditions.  Thank you to Terry, who helped to clear the school site on Tuesday morning so that we had safe access.  Thank you to Ginnie and her team, who cooked us a fabulous Christmas dinner again! We are so lucky to have such a brilliant cook manager and team, who give our children healthy dinner choices every day.  We sadly say goodbye to Ms Batts next Tuesday. We would like to thank her for the contribution that she has made to our school over the past few years. We will miss her! Acorns class will have a new teacher in January, Mrs Burton, who has already been into school to meet the children and staff. Please make her feel welcome as she gets used to our school routines.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. 

8th December 2017

We often say that Christmas is about children which is true; it is a joy to watch the delight of a child opening presents. But Christmas is also about one child, born 2017 years ago, out of wedlock, in poverty, in an occupied country. He became a travelling teacher, told stories that are still told today, and challenged us to accept God’s love in our lives. The story of his birth, like the story of his life, is amazing. We will be telling the story in different ways in all our performances this Christmas and you and yours will be very welcome. Come and hear about the real Christmas story.  We have already been celebrating Christmas with our friends and neighbours; today we sang with our Northaw friends at St Thomas’. We do hope that you can support the Christmas tree festival this weekend.   Our school choir also sang to our friends at Coopers Croft. We are very grateful to Paul at B&L coaches who provided the minibuses to transport our children at a much-reduced rate. Thank you, B&L coaches, for your generosity. 

1st December 2017

We welcomed Pastor Matthew and his team of volunteers from Life Church to give our children a wonderful Christmas experience. We are really grateful to the team, who resourced five stations with activities related to the Christmas story. This experience gives our children the opportunity to ‘dig deeper’ into learning, especially in RE.  Rehearsals for our Christmas performance have begun. We will be taking several journeys to church next week so please make sure that your children have warm coats to wear.  As we start to open our advent calendars, let us remember about the special journey that leads us to the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  

24th November

We have enjoyed a fantastic Friday! We began the day by celebrating Dan Ruge Cope’s 80th birthday. Dan has been a Governor of our school for many years and he regularly helps us out at Church. The children presented Dan with creative birthday cards filled to the brim with birthday wishes. Mrs Flowerdew baked a marvellous cake, which was decorated in the shape of a grandfather clock.   This afternoon, the PTA gave the children a festive shopping experience in the safety of the school library. The children purchased beautiful gifts for their friends and families. These gifts will be handed over to parents during the Christmas event after school on Wednesday 13th December.   Next Friday, 1st December, will be our Christmas jumper/outfit day. Children are allowed to wear their own festive clothes in return for a Christmas item for the Christmas hamper raffle prize.  Along with our Christian value of compassion, children thought this morning about the Christian values of joy, hope and love; these are presents that everyone can give.  

17th November

Last week the children were asked to complete a prayer based on the Christian value of compassion. I have received some wonderful examples of personal prayers along with prayers that have been found through research. I have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of them so thank you. We have also enjoyed raising money for Children in Need by wearing spots and splodges representing our compassion for those in need. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated.  Next Friday, the PTA will be running their Christmas Craft Sale for the children. More details from the PTA will follow soon. Also, the PTA is running a ‘Christmas Decoration’ competition. The children will be asked to create their own decoration to put on our tree. The best entries from each key stage will win ‘Buster’ a cuddly puppy. Oh those Christmas bells are jingling…  

10th November

Our Poppy monitors have done a brilliant job over the last fortnight selling a range of items provided by our Royal British Legion local representative. Thank you for your support.  For those who placed orders, you will have received your Christmas Card this week, I was so impressed with the children’s artwork, the printed cards look fantastic and I am sure your family and friends will be delighted to receive such a unique card.  The 13th November is World Kindness Day which fits in well with our value of Compassion.  We think every day should be kindness day but let’s mark our calendars and each do at least one random act of kindness on Monday.  Next Friday, 17th Nov, we will be enjoying our annual Children in Need mufti day. Children  do not have to wear their school uniform on Friday but can wear anything spotty or colourful in exchange for  £1. I found some interesting history about this compassionate charity at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey.  "Pudsey Bear became a national mascot in 1985. He was designed by Joanna Ball and she named him after the small town in Yorkshire where she lived and went to school for many years, PUDSEY. When we see Pudsey Bear we immediately think of Children in Need. This charity has grown enormously since it began and raises millions of pounds every year. Thanks to people all over the country, children in the UK and across the world have come to know real kindness and compassion, made possible by generous donations to the charity."  

3rd November

The community welcomed Reverend Chris Kilgour during a colourful induction service on Monday evening. I hope that you will all join with me in welcoming Chris, Anna and the family to Northaw - we hope they will be very happy here. We also welcomed our MP, Charles Walker OBE, to our school on Monday. Charles was very impressed with our children and our staff and he learned some rules of grammar during his visit to classes. I spoke to him earnestly about the cuts in funding and how this will impact on children’s learning resources if solutions cannot be found. He listened!  Our football team played a friendly match with the Year 6 children from Cuffley School this week. Whilst the result was not a winning one, the children were a credit to our school, smiling and behaving graciously in defeat. Well done boys! Mr Napoleon will be giving other children a chance to play in the team once new partnerships with schools are developed. Enjoy a sparkling weekend and be safe around the bonfires! 

20th October

Thank you to all of you who managed to come along to our consultations this week. It is so valuable when teachers and parents can collaborate and agree objectives for the year ahead. Thank you to everyone who completed our questionnaire; your comments are very useful and we will use them to improve our provision.  I am happy to inform you that the school council have been working towards electing a local charity for fundraising purposes this year. Following presentations in class and in worship, they have chosen Teens Unite, a charity based in Broxbourne.  We will be looking to do some simple fund raising activities over this academic year.   We are looking forward to a visit from our MP, Charles Walker OBE, on Monday 30th October. We are looking forward to sharing all of Northaw’s good news!  I hope that you and your children enjoy a restful half-term break, returning on 30th October for an exciting season of jingle bells when celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.   

13th October 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Macmillan coffee morning; we raised just over £100.  We aim to give your child(ren) the best education possible, through interesting learning in a safe and secure learning environment. We take great pride in living and learning using Christian values by demonstrating the 6Rs. Please support us by emphasising these at home. Sadly, we received yet another complaint from one of our neighbours regarding parents parking inconsiderately. As this is the 3rd complaint since we started back in September, we will be naming and shaming anyone who parks inconsiderately, anyone who does three point turns in the proximity of the school or anyone who drives dangerously putting our children at risk. Also, we respectfully request that children do not exit the car on to the road; this is obviously very dangerous. This situation can be avoided if you allow yourself enough time to park at the Two Brewers or Village hall and walk with your children to school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  Next Tuesday and Wednesday we are happy to engage in parent consultations. Please make every effort to arrive in time for your allocated slot. We look forward to giving you some very positive feedback and this is an opportunity to share and celebrate the good learning achieved so far this year.  We have prepared a questionnaire based on the learning support that your child receives in school. This is for all parents and carers to contribute and we would like you to complete the form on the evening. All answers are strictly confidential and they will be used to inform our practice. Thank you.

6th October 2017

It appears that Oak class enjoyed a fabulous week away at PGL Liddington. The rain stayed away allowing them to make full use of the facilities. You can see some pictures on the Oak Class blog on the school website. I just wanted to say how smart the children are looking; shirts tucked in and buttons done up, it all makes such a good impression. It would be even better if hair could be tied back neatly with small blue bands and bows. Please save the flamboyant colourful fashion statements for the weekend!  We are looking forward to our Macmillan coffee morning next Tuesday, 10th October. Please take a few moments to bake a cake this weekend and eat a cake or two on Tuesday. This will be combined with our PTA AGM. Please come along to support both events in one go! Consultation lists will be out on Monday 9th October. Also on the evenings, we will be asking all parents and carers to complete a questionnaire about Learning Support. Please allow yourself enough time to complete this questionnaire for us as it will help us to monitor our systems and improve our practice.   

29th September 2017

Thank you all for your generous contributions of foods at our Harvest service on Monday. Our collection for the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal will be ongoing until the end of this half term so further contributions however small can be brought into the school office. Following half term, the School Council will recommend a local charity for our fundraising efforts during this academic year although we will naturally, try to continue donating some small contributions to the charities that the children love to support, such as Children in Need etc.  Well done to Thomas  F, who won the summer story competition. Thomas was presented with a £25 Tesco gift voucher from Paul (Tesco Manager at Potter’s Bar) and his team this morning.   Earlier this year some students from the sewing club took part in a nationwide participatory project called the ‘The Village Project’ run by AccessArt . The project which includes some of our pupils work,  is now being exhibited at Farfield Mill in Cumbria but will be touring the UK. Details can be found on their website https://www.accessart.org.uk   Sadly, I have to end my newsletter on a moan! We have received another complaint from one of our neighbours about parking in front of their driveway. This is very embarrassing! Please would you leave home with enough time to be able to park and walk from either the village hall or the Two Brewers; this would save so much congestion and keep our children safe.   

22nd September 2017

Thank you all so very much for supporting your children in the BRUNFAST. Thank you especially to the PTA for feeding us and keeping us topped up with hot drinks. Thank you Lord for a sunny day!  Look at these marvellous photographs of a fine September morning. Well done children!

 In our church assembly Mrs Whales told a  Native American story about The Good Wolf and The Bad Wolf. It is a tale that a Cherokee grandparent is telling his grandson The good wolf was full of joy, generosity and kindness, the bad wolf was greedy, nasty and hateful. The grandparent asked, "Which wolf do you think will win?" The child was unsure so the Grandfather told him, "The one you feed will win".  The story reflects how we can chose which qualities we can feed in ourselves.   Our prayer  Dear Lord, Help us to be generous and  Do all the good we can, By all the means we can, In all the ways we can, In all the places we can, At all the times we can, To all the people we can, As long as ever we can. Amen    Dear Parents and Carers,   Thank you all so very much for supporting your children in the BRUNFAST. Thank you especially to the PTA for feeding us and keeping us topped up with hot drinks. Thank you Lord for a sunny day!  Look at these marvellous photographs of a fine September morning. Well done children!       

Next week we start with our Harvest Festival in church on Monday (25th September). Do come along to support the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal. Please bring lots of Harvest goods, non-perishable, please. This year we would like you to donate FAIR TRADE items as the children have been learning how these products help farmers and families across the world. They cost a little more but contribute such a lot!

15th September 2017

Thank you for your attendance at our Meet the Teacher events, only the Nursery session left (Monday at 11.15 in the library). We hope that you found the information, written and oral, useful.

Today, the children enjoyed a Fruit Workshop delivered by Leanne from Histon Produce, which is the company that supplies our lunch fruit and vegetables. The children were able to sample a variety of fruits including dragon fruit.
Isabella FC and Grace H said "The lime challenge at the fruit workshop was daring and sourly sweet. It was really fun seeing everyone’s faces after" .

Leanne wrote in our comments book "What a fabulous school! Everybody was so welcoming and helpful – the children were fantastic and so well behaved, polite and respectful. It was wonderful to be in their company".

We are looking forward to our BRUNFAST on Thursday next week. Please send your orders and payment for either a bacon or sausage butty in to school by Monday, in an envelope clearly labelled with your name. Children should come to school in their PE kits wearing shorts under their joggers. They should also bring a change of shoes to wear in school after the run. We are praying for good weather!

We have a PTA meeting on Monday afternoon at 2.00pm for everyone who is interested in helping us to raise money over the next academic year. It doesn’t matter how much time you can give, just let us know how you can help us. Our aim is to raise enough money for 16 I-pads, enough for the children to share one between two in class!

On Tuesday 10th October we will be having our MacMillan coffee morning alongside our PTA AGM. If you would like to bake a cake, help on the morning or send in a donation, we will be most grateful.

Overall attendance last year was 96.34%, which is just above Ofsted recommended attendance. Well done to all. Let’s see if we can get closer to 97% this year!

8th September 2017

Welcome back!
I apologise for bombarding you with so much information this week!
We look forward to meeting with you in our Meet the Teacher events next week. You will receive lots of information regarding expectations and curriculum. A curriculum booklet, ‘Looking at Learning’ will be handed out at the meeting.
On Friday 15th September, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a ‘Fruit Workshop’ delivered by Histon Produce. (This is the company which provides our school with playtime fruit.) We have passed on children’s allergy information to the company so we hope that all the children will enjoy an informative session.
The PTA are organising the BRUNFAST for Thursday 21st September. This event will start with a family breakfast, bacon or sausage butties, and be followed, after registration, by a marathon run around the field. The number of laps required will depend on the age of the children! I do hope that you have managed to get loads of sponsors. An extra form will be sent out this week just in case you have lost yours during the summer break. The PTA will be sending out an order form for the family breakfast very soon.
Before the summer break, we asked the children to write a story about an animal. The closing date for entries is Friday 15th September. A prize of a £25 gift voucher will be given to the overall winner. If they haven’t started yet, perhaps a little story telling this weekend will prompt ideas.
We are aware that there have been some difficulties obtaining school uniform and accessories. In order to make this experience more palatable, we have arranged for a used uniform sale to take place on the day of the BRUNFAST. We are also arranging a time for Smiths to come into school and provide a ‘pop up shop’ in time for you to purchase winter uniform. We intend to make this a regular event.
This year our harvest service is on Monday 25th September at 8.50am. This is a little early as Oak class will be going on their school journey to PGL the following week and we didn’t want them to miss out. We do hope that you are able to join us.
Parent consultations this year will be before the October half term: Tuesday 17th October 3.30-6.00pm and Wednesday 18th October 4.30-7.00pm. Signing in sheets will be available nearer the time.
Please look at the diary for other school events. If you require any further information, ask Trudy!
I am looking forward to a very busy and exciting year. 

July 2017

Well we finally managed a sports’ day and the sun did shine! Thank you to all the governors who helped out on the day.

The Leavers’ Service left almost everyone in tears and became another of those lasting memories. Thank you to the PTA for serving refreshments afterwards. We wish our leavers lots of happiness for the future.

I hope that you can encourage your children to write some super stories over the holiday. Tesco has kindly offered a £25 voucher for the overall winner! As the PTA will be organising a Big Breakfast and Fun Run in September, please try to get your friends and family to sponsor the children. All children will be expected to take part, either running, skipping or walking and all children will receive a medal on completion.

Any money raised will contribute towards updating our IT equipment. Finally, on behalf of my brilliant team, I would like to thank you all for your generous wishes and gifts.
Enjoy the summer break and we will see you all on Monday 4th September.

July 2017

First of all I apologise for not informing you of the format of our Open Evening until the day before. Rightly or wrongly, I had assumed that everyone was aware of the arrangements. Anyway, we enjoyed a fabulous evening, thank you to everyone who attended and made the evening so special. The children are always pleased to show you what they have been learning.

Thank you also to the parents who organised the barbecue; this was appreciated by many and looks as though it could be a standing event! I hope that you appreciated the report reviews that were sent out to you this year prior to open evening. This is the first time we have managed this update for you so I hope that you find it useful. Thank you to the teachers who put together this second report of the year for your children.

Transition day was very successful. The children were able to meet their new teachers and enjoy time with their new friends. 
We haven’t forgotten sports day. We are hoping that the weather stays fair for us next Thursday afternoon. We will not be having a picnic so we would like you all to arrive at 1.00pm for races to start at 1.15pm. 

July 2017

It’s been another busy week in school in what has been a busy term so far. 
Oak class have been rehearsing their production of Cinderella Rockerfella and they performed it to the whole school this morning. Oak parents you are in for a treat when you see it this evening!

We have been creating some amazing artwork in our classes this week as part of our ‘Understanding Christianity’ project. We will be displaying these at our open evening which we hope you will come along to at 6pm on Wednesday. You will have a chance to see all the wonderful work your children have produced and may also stay to enjoy a BBQ that the PTA are hosting until 8pm. We hope to let you know how much the Summer Fair raised very soon – if you still owe pledges please give them to a PTA committee member or bring them to the school office.

We are looking forward to ‘Transition Day’ on Thursday when all our new Acorns pupils will come for a morning to get used to the school environment in preparation for starting in September. Year 6 pupils spend the day at their secondary schools – so don’t bring them to Northaw!

We have had some wonderful news that Chloe W has won a Young Gardener Award following our trip the RHS Wisley. We’re very proud of her enthusiasm and commitment to the school’s gardening club. Finally it is with some sadness to let you know that Miss Hammonds will be leaving us at the end of term. We wish her all the best in her new job. 

June 2017

The highlight of my week was the Early Years’ Assembly when a very sly old Foxy Loxy enjoyed a delicious dinner. The acting and singing was superb; the children were so confident and happy. I really loved the children’s creative jumper designs and have asked staff to show them off at Open Evening (Wednesday 12th July at 6.00pm).

We are really sorry that we couldn’t hold our Sports’ Day as planned. We intend to keep a close eye on the weather forecast and try to give you as much notice as possible for a fine afternoon of sports sometime before the end of term.

We are looking forward to the Oak Class Performance next Friday evening, the rest of the school will have the opportunity to watch the production during the week. We have also planned a thrilling week of art linked with our Understanding Christianity themes.

Final teacher assessments are currently being completed to give an overall assessment of your child’s progress this year. This information will be an update of the children’s annual reports given to you in February and will be sent home on Tuesday 11th July.

June 2017

Well done to gardening club members who won a fantastic silver prize at RHS Wisley for their Famous Five garden. Thank you to Jackie and Carol who have inspired the children, helped to create the garden and give their time generously every week.

Thank you so very much to our PTA who ran a brilliant Summer Family Fun Day on Saturday. The day was filled with sunshine, good fun and tasty food. If you still owe pledge money, please drop it in to the school office as soon as you can.

We have been busy practising for our Sports’ Day, which weather permitting, will take place next Wednesday, 28th June. It would be sensible during this spell of sunny weather to continue to apply the sun cream and make sure that your children have a hat, even if it is cloudy please.

Could you spare a few hours each week? Have you ever wanted to help out in school? We are looking for volunteers to help out in school on a regular basis. We would not allocate you to your child’s class and you may be requested to undertake a variety of tasks. If you are interested, pop in and see me over the next few weeks. 

June 2017

This week we have been grateful for the sunshine and opportunity to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Children from Oak class represented our school at Mount Grace for an athletics tournament in which our boys achieved the relay record. Willow class enjoyed a fabulous day of tennis and games yesterday at Cuffley tennis club. Today Apples and Pears and Reception classes were down on the farm and had a brilliant day with the Barleylands staff commenting on how polite the Northaw children were.

On Tuesday, we took a flying trip around the world and visited South Africa, India, Australia and Brazil. Children enjoyed a mini Olympics competition and tasted bread from different countries. It was a wonderfully colourful and joyous day. Have you practised the bhangra dancing at home yet? We also enjoyed a very exciting assembly led by some mad scientists, who thrilled the children with their dry ice experiments as well as delivering some really important water saving messages on behalf of Affinity Water.

We are looking forward to our Summer Family Fun Day tomorrow. Come along with your families and have some fun. If you can help out it is not too late to volunteer; your children really like it when you are involved. We still have some events this term in which we need PTA volunteers. Please give us a few moments of your time and share out the PTA workload. Giving a little contributes a lot!

Finally and sadly, a little moan. In the interests of safety for our families, please do not park on the yellow lines, do three point turns within the yellow line area or drive speedily outside our school. Be mindful that many of our children are very little and quite unpredictable and we would like to keep our children as safe as possible. 

June 2017

We are sorry to inform you that Miss King will be leaving our school at the end of term to take up a new post using her newly acquired skills in the therapeutic arts. We are pleased, however, to welcome Mr Crayton Napoleon who is an experienced Upper KS2 teacher and already a great favourite with the children.

Despite torrents of rain and high winds, Oak class managed to enjoy some tennis tuition at Cuffley Tennis Club. Let’s hope that Willow class get better weather next week. 
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who took part in our maths day yesterday. Teaching and learning adviser, Rachel Rayner, applauded everyone’s enthusiasm. We are grateful for some very positive comments from attendees and we are already planning some bite sized events for next year. 
We have plenty to look forward to next week. Global awareness day on Tuesday will focus on creative ways to celebrate different cultures from around the world. Come into the playground at the end of the day for treat! (Weather permitting!) Acorns class and Apples and Pears class will be visiting Barleylands Farm next Friday; they are looking forward to a variety of workshops. 
We hope that you are all looking forward to our summer fair on Saturday 17th June. Volunteers before, during and after the event are required to make the day a success. Every half an hour you can spare will be appreciated. Pray for sunshine. 
Finally, if you like our little school, perhaps you could nominate us for a community award. Entries close on 16th June. Details can be found at http://whtcommunityawards.co.uk/category/school-of-the-year/

May 2017

Oak class enjoyed a visit to Queenswood School on Tuesday and they behaved exceptionally well. Willow class went on a Roman adventure to Verulamium and their interest, behaviour and good manners were applauded by the staff there. I took a small group of children to RHS Wisley yesterday and they were diligent and delightful! How proud we are of our children.

We would like to say a big thank you to our Gardening Club ladies, Jackie and Carol, who inspired our children and helped them to display a marvellous creative garden. The garden, based on The Famous Five, will be judged today.

Willow class assembly was a fabulous journey through time culminating in a very special message for us all- to look after our planet! Parents, grandparents and visitors expressed their kind reflections through email. If you enjoyed the ‘show’ please email us and let us know.

The PTA will be sending children home with tubes of Smarties, which they may eat. Please keep the boxes and fill them with money, silver and £1 coins would add more to the fundraising pot if you can afford to be generous! Bring them back after half term.

REMINDER: If you want to know more about how we teach maths and particularly number in school, come in to school at 9.00am on Thursday 8th June to see the operations of number being taught in class, followed by a very informative question and answer session by our link maths adviser, Rachel Rayner. Please note the morning will finish a little later than first published at 11.00am.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a happy and sunny half term. 

May 2017

What an eventful week!

Firstly, our willow tree has had to endure a severe haircut. Fissures through the trunk, caused by lack of rain resulted in one limb falling dramatically to the ground and others having to be pollarded to make the tree safe. We have been assured that the tree will flourish again.

On Wednesday and Thursday the school accounts were scrutinised by a professional auditor; I am so grateful to Mrs McHattie who led us confidently through the experience of the financial audit. It was a very positive experience and outcome. The report will be with us after half term but we do not expect any surprises.

Yesterday, Jackie Roberts from the Salvation Army visited us. She wrote, ‘The children’s behaviour was a credit to them and the school. Please thank them for listening so well and for the thoughtful questions.’ We followed up the visit in worship this morning, when I discussed the importance of ‘hats’ with the children. These included hats to keep us safe, hats as part of a uniform and hats that identify a service.

Today David Morton, Director of Education for the Diocese, visited us and enjoyed a very lively performance of the creation by children in Apples and Pears and a tour of the school.

We would like to inform you that Miss Drake will be leaving us at the end the academic year. Whilst we are very sad that Miss Drake is moving on, we have been blessed with her innovative teaching and enthusiasm this year. We have been very fortunate to appoint Miss Barker as a permanent teacher from September 2017. Some of you will remember Miss Barker from last year and we are happy to welcome her back.

Finally, next week we say farewell to Mrs Biondini, who is moving on to a new and exciting role at Chase Farm and Royal Free hospitals. We would like to thank Mrs Biondini for her contribution to our school and wish her much happiness for the future. 

May 2017

Well done to our Year 6 children who survived their week of tests and well done Year 5 who survived a week of Mrs Whales! We are really proud of you all.

I have been really impressed with the quality of writing in classes across the school this week. Acorns children have been writing fairy tales, Apples and Pears children have been describing the life cycle of a hen and Willow children have been writing some fantastic poetry. We look forward to displaying some of these around school.

Today we enjoyed our celebration assembly in which we discussed the 6Rs and how we can use these values around school. Please share them and discuss them with your children; challenge them to use them around school and to gain valuable house points. 

May 2017

Mrs Cullingford and I were talking this week about wanting children to be the best that they can be! This sometimes requires a little more effort, the use of the 6Rs and wearing a smile. I hope that next week Year 6 can show us that they are the best that they can be; we can’t ask for more than that!

I have been fortunate enough to spend a day in another Church of England school this week. The children in the school were well-behaved, responsible and caring, much like our children in our little school. They were given a question to explore:

During a test in school, you see someone copying answers from the person sitting next to him. But the cheating person is kind of big and scary. You’re not sure you want to get him into trouble by telling. He might be unkind to you later. What would Jesus do?

Perhaps you could discuss this question with your children.

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